1968 Ford Torino
Rhea Greenwell Owned /Driven
Alabama Gang Built , Holman-Moody Spec.
Super Speedway Car
The most original of the late 60's "Grand National" cars in existence. Ernie Elliot restoration. Daytona and Talledega history as part of the "Alabama Gang". Not many of these NASCAR Golden Era cars are left. Enjoy the camaraderie of the historic race group or just take it to shows where others can see this proven investment.
1968 Ford Torino NASCAR “Grand National” Super Speedway Race Car.
“Is all original as it exists today” It was constructed in 1969 with a 1968 Ford Torino Fastback body with Holman Moody Roll cage / Chassis / Suspension Kits on NASCAR prepared 1958 Ford cowbelly frame, with a BOSS 351 Cleveland engine
Originally driven by: Rhea Greenwell, Decatur, AL. Built by Rhea Greenwell with special assistance from the Alabama Gangs; Red Farmer, Bill Hamner and Bobby Allison in the fall of 1969 /spring 1970.
- Rhea Greenwell retired from racing shortly after returning from Daytona in February of 1972. The car remained in his garage untouched until 1986.
- It was then sold to Don Collins, of Coleman, Alabama.
- Kyle Shelton of Decatur, Al. purchased the car in August of 1989, and took special effort in preserving the originality of its last raced condition. The car was then demonstrated at the 16Th annual Mid-America Shelby meet at Hallet Motor Speedway, Tulsa, OK.
- Gene Felton, Roswell, GA. purchased the Torino
- Jeff King of Malvern, PA. then bought it in September of 2001. Ernie Elliott brother of NASCAR’s Bill Elliott, was commissioned to do the current cosmetic restoration in 2003. This car is still considered to be one of the most original late 1960’s era NASCAR Grand National stock cars.
- Current owner Lance Smith of Huntington Cars prepared the Torino for Road Racing and runs it with the Historic Grand National Stock Car Group.
- December 1970 “Snowball Festival” NASCAR sanctioned race, Pensacola FL. - Shake-down outing, car ran well but mechanical problems prevented a good finish.
- February 1971 “Permatex 300” NASCAR Grand National Daytona FL. - Qualified middle of the field. Moved up to tenth position by mid point, drive shaft vibration problems did not allow the car to finish.
- May 1971 “Permatex 250” NASCAR Grand National Talladega, AL. - Due to NASCAR rule changes car was not allowed to qualify or race. Car ran limited practice. Winter 1971 - The car under went modifications to comply with new NASCAR regulations and new exterior paint scheme was added.
- February 1972 “Permatex 300” NASCAR Grand National Daytona, FL. - Car qualified well but did not race due to the death of driver’s father before the start of the race.
- July 1992 16Th Annual Mid-America Shelby Meet, Tulsa, OK - On track again!
- May 2008 Demonstration runs “Wine Country Classic” General Racing Ltd. Sonoma, CA, The Torino raced exhibition sessions with the Historic Grand National Stock Car Group.
- October 2008 CSRG Fall Festival Sonoma, CA. the Torino competed in the Grand National race group.
- January 2009, Second in class at the La Jolla Motorcar Classic Concour D' Elegance .
- February 2009 display and track laps at the NASCAR, Auto Club 500 in Fontana, CA. - June 2009 Grand National Race Group at the Wine Country Classic, Sonoma, CA.
- February 2010 display at the NASCAR, Auto Club 500 in Fontana, CA.
- 2010 - 2019 the Torino competed in the Grand National race group and various other Historic Racing, Club, Track and Show Events.
Asking $68,000 - Reasonable Offers May Be Considered
Contact: Lance Smith, San Diego, CA